knowledge into positive impact


Through recording, preserving and valuing Irish history, the HCRC will be an internationally-significant resource in post-1948 modern Irish politics, culture and society. HCRC will acquire personal, corporate and social movement archives, which will be professionally catalogued and conserved to preserve their integrity.

This new centre in the DCU Library will house research, digitisation, storage and exhibition facilities to make this important era in Irish history available for study. Collections on display will build on our existing collections that include the Charles J. Haughey papers, Sean Lester diaries and the first Irish Media History Collection.


Project Team

Christopher Pressler is Director of Library Services and the Historic Collections Research Centre at DCU. Christopher read Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast, and holds further degrees from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Sheffield. He is Chair of Ireland's Research Communications Committee and Deputy Chair of Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts.

His books include two acclaimed academic monographs on the historic collections of the University of London. He is a member of the Society of Authors by publication, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Board member of the Irish Writers Centre.

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